The Tic Code Reviews

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Jaime N. Christley
Apollo Guide
March 22, 2001
Egrossing, entertaining, and thoroughly conventional.
Full Review | Original Score: 71/100
Leah Beth Reisman
Citysearch
January 1, 2000
While far from terrible, The Tic Code ultimately lacks the sophistication that separates a feature-length film from a TV movie-of-the-week.
Wesley Morris
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
The Tic Code is as cute as Tyrone and Miles' spasms, as rote as the melismatic instrumentals that turn up in the movie's nightclubs.
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 1, 2000
An afterschool special in all but name.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times
January 1, 2000
For me, it's just a little too restrained, with too many false notes.
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
What makes the film engaging are the performances ... appealing secondary characters ... and occasional interventions into its soap operatic formula.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
January 1, 2000
The Tic Code is the summer's surprise gift, a loving and humane film that rises above the season's overhyped blockbusters like a flower poking up through the concrete.
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Hannah Brown
New York Post
January 1, 2000
Raising it above the usual clichés are the superb jazz music and a sparkling script by lead actress Polly Draper.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
It's got more genuine-seeming feelings and a more accurate take on its particular corner of the world than a colosseum of summer blockbusters.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2000
Starts out self-consciously but gets better as it goes along, winding up as affecting as it is illuminating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times
January 1, 2000
A cut above most.
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Tom Keogh
Film.com
January 1, 2000
This is the loving accomplishment of The Tic Code, to open a door onto the deepest kind of understanding.

E! Online
January 1, 2000
Ultimately, it's Wolff who saves the day by supplying the challenging music that sets the tone for Hines and Marquette's soul-searching.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
The Tic Code is badly lit and at times, awkwardly inspirational, yet there's real feeling in it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Amy Taubin
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
A sympathetic but conventional disease-of-the-week movie.
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John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
The Tic Code works better as a sociological study than as a gripping drama. And during this summer of our discontent, that may be recommendation enough.
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
A fairly satisfying small-scale drama with some fine musical sidelights.
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
If it seems to have the ingredients of an after-school special, the performances take it to another level. Gut level.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Pam Grady
Reel.com
January 1, 2000
This is a film of marvelous performances.
| Original Score: 3/4
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
January 1, 2000
Delightfully unsentimental, yet uplifting, and while spinning its wholly credible tale gives its audience quite a bit of knowledge and understanding about kids, an unusual disease, and the universe of jazz musicians.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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